Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Victoria Falls: One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World
A room with a view - the open air cottage enjoys an amazing view of the Zambezi
A beautiful sunset washed the shores in pink light
These traditional boats are carved from a single tree
In the two dozen times I've been escorted back to my room on safari, we've never encountered anything - this time there was a hippo in our path! A face to face with Africa's most dangerous animal definitely gets the heart rate going. (When this happens you back away, slowly, without turning your back on the animal)
Following in the foot steps of David Livingstone
Some of the fuzzy local foliage
To the falls! The rainbows form off the cliffs due to the amount of mist in the air.
This is the dry season, so you can see much more rock than normal
No optical illusion here! Matt takes the plunge into the Devil's Pool!
Living life on the edge?
Matt decided that hanging off the edge of the falls wasn't enough, so we signed up for white water rafting. What follows is without a doubt one of the scariest experiences of my life. Take me back to the edge of the falls any day!
Of the 10 rapids we ran on the half-day trip, SEVEN were CLASS 5 - I think my heart is still pumping. You know you are in trouble when your river safety guide begins with "so guys, when the boat flips over here is what you do".
I forgot to bring my scuba gear.
Ok, Mother Nature, you win! (I'm in the blue, Matt is right in front of me, engulfed by the wave that is about to pummel me).
After that day, observing the river from dry land was a welcome change. This is the front of our cottage on Sindabezi Island looking at the Zimbabwe National Park.
The shower facilities were au naturale. They even ran me a bubble bath one night!
The humidity lead to a stunning heat lighting display every night. It looked like a rock concert was taking place.
At the Royal Livingstone hotel, they employ only the finest lawn mowers.
To the victor of the Zambezi goes the spoils! We treated our bruised bodies to high tea - a perfect send off from beautiful Victoria Falls and our African adventure. Thanks, for coming along!